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110 E. Walnut Street, Oglesby, IL 61348 • 815-883-3389

Special Meeting Minutes: May 28, 2020

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON THURSDAY MAY 28, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:30 P.M.   (The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS: ARGRUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY ENRICO EATTONI AND CITY EMPLOYEE QUICK.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve Ordinance 1115-052820 approving a contract with Putnam County Painting, Inc. to repaint Oglesby water tower. AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT.

Mayor Rivara asks the Council if they would like to continue the discussion in regards to outdoor dining?  They decide to postpone the discussion until a further time.

Public Comment: none

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN at 6:37 p.m.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

 

Special Meeting Minutes: May 21, 2020

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:30 P.M.   (The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS. ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT.

Argubright arrives at the meeting at 6:42 p.m.

Commissioner Curran begins by stating that the bids were rejected previously because they came in too high ($285,000-540,00).  The city was estimating a top end of $240,000).  Different ways were looked into in regards to cutting the cost.  Putnam County Painting came back with a bid of $220,000.  Attorney Andreoni states that a statute will go into effect on June 1, 2020 which will drive of the costs of painting (coating).  Commissioner Curran states that the city was able to get approximately 25 years from the last paint job.  Attorney Andreoni said the contract can be awarded if 4 out of 5 council members approve the vote.  Commissioner Curran said that by waiting until after June 1, 2020 the cost will significantly go up.  Commissioner Curran states that by not doing 3 coats drove the bid down significantly.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file Ordinance 1115-052820 approving a contract with Putnam County Painting, Inc. to repaint Oglesby water tower. AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  ABSENT: ARGUBRIGHT.

Public Comment: none

Mayor Rivara asks to start a discussion for outdoor dining.  Commissioner Curran feels it would be good to have some lead time prior to the Ordinance.  Attorney Andreoni states that the Governor has made changes to the requirements for parts of the state for the Phase 3 re-opening order.  ON May 29, 2020 we will move from Phase 2 to Phase 3.  Attorney Andreoni states that one of the changes is that outdoor and dining and alcohol will be allowed; however; there are still rules that will be in place.  Attorney Andreoni notes that he has sent Spring Valley’s ordinance to the Commissioners and Mayor and made few changes to it.  Attorney Andreoni gives explanation about what is in Spring Valley’s ordinance.  Attorney Andreoni asks that changes to the proposed ordinance be given to him as soon as possible.  Mayor Rivara states that inside dining is still not allowed but patios and parking lots can be used, social distancing, number of persons per table and tables being six feet apart would have to be enforced.  Commissioner Curran states he is in favor of ways to offer businesses options.  Curran has concerns about the ordinance being temporary.  Mayor Rivara states it is a starting point.  Mayor wants businesses to be involved in the decision making.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if CABO has an upcoming meeting soon?  Mayor states it would be in the business owners’ best interest to be involved in regards to the ordinance.  Commissioner Argubright feels it would be a good “test” to the businesses.  Commissioner Curran states he did receive feedback from Chamlin’s engineering. Commissioner Cullinan agreed that getting in touch with business owners would be a good idea as well.  The Mayor feels that if it works out it would be good permanently, Commissioner Curran agrees.   Attorney Andreoni states that Spring Valley is having a special meeting on May 27, 2020 and are inviting the business owners to attend to get their feedback.   Commissioner Curran said that targeting the downtown area is good but there may be other areas where this could apply to also.  Mayor Rivara makes reference to other businesses that may take part in the outdoor dining.  Attorney Andreoni states that changes can be made to the proposed ordinance if the commissioners get them to him.  Attorney Andreoni states that he will not be at the next council meeting on May 28, 2020.  Attorney Andreoni gives explanation as to how the ordinance is to be passed in the form that it is placed on file.  Commissioner Argubright feels that getting the ordinance on file soon and passing it is best.  Commissioner Curran questions that dining only portion also.    Attorney Andreoni explains that four people would have to be present at the May 28, 2020 meeting in order for the water tower painting ordinance to be passed.

Mayor Rivara states that there is a raccoon problem within the city.  He asks residents to not feed them and that the city cannot remove them and to contact the office to get information

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN at7:01 p.m.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: May 18, 2020

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY MAY 18, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.   (The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS: ARGUBRIGHT CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

A MOTION TO APPROVE MINUTES FORM THE MAY 4, 2020 MEETING WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Public Comment: none

A MOTION TO APPROVE BILLS AS PRESENTED WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Commissioner Curran states that seven bids came in between $285,000-543,000 and recommends that the council rejects the bids as they were higher than the original estimate of $180,000-240,000.

A MOTION TO REJECT BIDS FOR THE WATER TOWER PAITING WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Mayor Rivara begins a discussion of a possible ordinance allowing for outdoor dining.  Mayor states table on sidewalks could be allowed, social distancing would have to be followed though.  Commissioner Lijewski states she is in favor of the possibility.  Commissioner Argubright asks what would be included?  Attorney Andreoni asks if the City Clerk included Spring Valley’s outdoor dining ordinance?  Clerk replies that she did.  Attorney Andreoni discusses what Spring Valley’s ordinance consists of.  Commissioner Curran asks if this is temporary or long term?  He is in favor of long-term outdoor dining.  Mayor Rivara questions asking the businesses help develop the ordinance.  Mayor Rivara suggests CABO also get involved.  Attorney Andreoni suggests getting the city engineer involved as well.  Commissioner Argubright asks about the timeline for getting the ordinance passed.  Attorney Andreoni gives more background on Spring Valley’s ordinance.  Commissioner Curran states he will make contact with Chamlin & Associates.  Mayor Rivara states he will make contact with business owners.  Commissioner Curran said it would benefit all businesses as well.

Commissioner Curran states the CBDG has been extended.  Commissioner Curran is not recommending that the council extend it however.  No action is needed on this matter.  It is informational only per Commissioner Curran.

Commissioner Curran discusses the electric rate study.  BHMG approached Curran previously but at the time, GTI was not up & running.  The rate study will take approximately four months and could possibly create new electric rates.  BHMG would be looking back using several factors.  Commissioner Argubright asks if a plan will be given to BHMG?  Curran states it is not the same as the water rate study.  That is an area where they knew a shortage would be.  This is not the case with the electric rates.  Mayor Rivara states the electric rates are about one penny lower than surrounding area.  Commissioner Curran states there are no foreseeable issues with rate increases.  The study would be to establish addtional rates for industrial users.

A MOTION TO APPROVE A NEW ELECTRIC RATE STUDY WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Attorney Andreoni asks the Council to let him know of any upcoming projects so he can forward that information to Auditor Joel Hopkins for preparation of the appropriations ordinance.  Attorney Andreoni explains that the appropriation ordinance just sets the maximum spending amount.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN at 7:41 p.m.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: May 4, 2020

A REGULARMEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.   (The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 20, 2020.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CULLINAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve bills as presented. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Al Torper Industries, Inc. $ 63.15; Ameren Illinois $ 34.86; Anixter Inc. $468.65; Barnhart $ 945.00; BPC Planning $ 223.30; BHMG Engineers $293.12; Bima, Tammy $100.00; Call One $ 3,058.03; Coble, Greg & Dawn $ 275.00; Comcast Business $ 3,990.89; Complete Integration & Service $ 562.50; Connecting Point $ 523.75; Conway Shield $ 250.00; Corcoran, Dale $ 47.50; Core & Main $ 932.00; De Lage Laden Financial $ 277.38; Debo Ace Hardware $ 26.85; Dinges Fire Company $ 99.99; Econo Signs $ 558.64; Edens, Cathie $ 308.01; Fluech, Lacey $ 6.17; Foster Coach Sales, Inc. $ 5.50; Grainco FS $ 596.06; Grainger $ 154.40; Halm’s Auto Parts $ 149.88; Hawkins, Inc. $ 846.00; Hayse, Doug $ 533.18; Humana Insurance $ 31,842.31; Hy-Vee Inc. $64.80; Il Assoc. of Chiefs $ 360.00; Il Public Risk Fund $ 4,480.00; Il Valley Excavating $1,483.75; IVRD $ 5,865.00; Illini State Bank Mastercard $ 4,,496.04; IVCH $ 457.80; John Deere Financial $ 263.95; John Pohar & Sons $ 6,368.20; John Senica Jr. $8.98; Kendrick Pest Control $ 105.00; Kittilson’s Garage $ 190.57; Kramarsic, Doug $ 500.00; Landcomp Landfill $ 1,760.62; Lasalle Office Supply $ 189.99; Mautino Distributing $ 13.00; McDonald, Kathe $ 100.00; Mertel Gravel $ 966.70; Miller, Krista $ 50.00; Mississippi Valley Pump $ 1,180.00; National Government Services Inc. $398.32, NCPERS Group Life Insurance $ 16.00; Nighthawk Total Control $ 28,338.33; Pg;esby Grade School $ 97,149.65; Republic Services $ 28,292.40; Rupert Concrete $ 1,000.00; Smart Source LLC $ 2,977.35; Springfield Electric $ 316.91; Standard Insurance – Life $ 1,073.69; Sunrise Supply $ 44.00; USPS $ 741.98; USA Bluebook $ 135.22; Verizon $168.32,; WEX Fleet Services $ 2,388.75.                      TOTALS $ 228,194.76

Commissioner Lijewski swears in Doug Hayse as the Oglesby Chief of Police.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to appoint Chief Doug Hayse to the Illinois Valley Regional Dispatch board.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to seek bids for the sale of property located at 216 East Walnut Street.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Attorney Andreoni states his letter had the wrong address listed on it.  Attorney Andreoni states the city has the title to the property but suggests maybe Brian Spelich and Jim Clinard inspect the property.  Attorney Andreoni states the property is located in the TIF district and the property may be negotiable for that reason.  Attorney Andreoni states that publishing it for at least 30 days would be ideal.  Mayor Rivara said it may take some time and hopes someone is interested in the property.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to resume Oglesby façade program for 2020 and establish committee members. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to extend the water rate increase.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Curran states it was to start May 1, 2020.  Commissioner Curran states that he is not opposed to the extension for one more month but anything after that warrants a discussion as it could affect the city’s grant eligibility.

Old Business:  Commissioner Lijewski feels it is ok to wait until the next meeting to make a decision in regards to cancel Summer Fun Fest.  Commissioner Lijewski brings up the matter of the 50/50 drawing and possibly extending into a Fall event for the City.  In doing this it would allow the money in the fund to grow.  Attorney Andreoni advises extending it because the city contributed a large portion to the fund.  Commissioner Curran asks what the nest event is and Commissioner Cullinan suggests letting it build it as well.  Commissioner Curran has concerns about canceling at the next city council meeting as it is exactly 30 days away at that point.  Commissioner Argubright questions the status of the carnival.  Mayor Rivara gives a brief explanation of the carnival’s plans.  Commissioner Argubright asks for verification on canceling any contracts for Summer Fun Fest.

Commissioner Curran gives explanation on why he voted against moving ahead on Senica Square.  Commissioner Curran praised the previous administration in regards to their research they did and the plan that was implemented.  Commissioner Curran feels the costs and risks were too great and that is why he voted against it.  Commissioner Curran feels that future plans should be looked at for the space.  Mayor Rivara states both property owners on either side of Senica Square have been contacted about possibly having murals put on their buildings.  Mayor Rivara states that due to the current with the lockdown everything is put on hold right now.  Commissioner Curran asks about putting together a committee in the future to see what can be done.

Commissioner Reports:

Argubright:  none

Lijewski:  Fire Department had 10 call outs.  Ambulance had 60 calls outs with 30 being transfers.  Commissioner Lijewski will be meeting with Chief Hayse to go over soon priorities for the police department.

Curran: water dept; hydrant flushing and bids for the water tower re-painting are out.  Electric dept; (city clerk states that the live feed is being project vertically rather than horizontally) GTI expansion projects continues, all power requirements are complete.  The reason Commissioner Curran mentions it is because additional rates may be added.  BHMG will be conducting an electric rate study.  The electric rate study will be added to an agenda in the future.  Commissioner Argubright questions what % of studies actually come back suggesting a lower rate?  He guesses less than 5%.  Mayor Rivara states the city’s electric rates are competitive and feels they are in the lower 3rd percent.  Mayor Rivara says the city needs to look at what happens when 32% of the generation is shut down.  Mayor Rivara gives an explanation of how electric rates and generation happen.  Mayor Rivara feels that keeping the rates competitive will keep the city in good shape.  Commissioner Curran addresses Commissioner Argubright in regards to the difference between the water and electric rate study.  Commissioner Curran feels there is no foreseeable issue with the current electric rates.  Street dept; branch chipping through the week.  Street maintenance: in mid-January Commissioner Curran was notified about work that will happen on Columbia street in 2021.  Commissioner Curran talks about the cost estimate for the project.  Commissioner Curran talks about the possibility of a grant to help with the costs of the project.

Cullinan: the Mayors Day parade on 05/05/2020 is canceled.  The city rec sign up on 05/16/2020 is canceled.  The summer camps will be postponed until a later date.  Commissioner Cullinan said he has been contacted about opening the parks.  Commissioner Cullinan and Parks & Rec. Director Bob Ghighi feel it is not a problem to reopen the parks.  Mayor Rivara interjects that he has a problem with reopening the parks.  Commissioner Cullinan explains that the playgrounds will be covered, shelters, restrooms, docks, the basesball field, basketball courts, and the park benches will be off limits.  No groups or gathers will be allowed.  Commissioner Cullinan feels if social distancing is practiced it should be okay.  Commissioner Cullinan would also like to see police patrol the area and enforce the rules.  Commissioner Cullinan states the city cannot have an officer in one spot for the day.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if fishing at McPhedran park would be allowed?  Commissioners Cullinan, Argubright and Lijewski discuss some of the options in regarding to possible opening.  Mayor Rivara states he understand the need to return to normal but asks for patience and understanding.  Mayor Rivara gives figures in regards to the COVID 10 virus impact.  Mayor Rivara suggest to continue on the same route for the next two weeks.  Commissioner Cullinan states that if things don’t go the way the Council wishes then they would have to close things again.  Commissioner Cullinan gives examples of surrounding area that have opened.  Commissioner Argubright gives the I & M Canal as an example.  Commissioner Cullinan states there should be limitations.  Commissioner Curran states his concerns in comparison to what the Governor recommends.

Mayor Rivara asks the Commissioners to come up with a plan and meet with them individually on how to ease into opening things and not put the city into a bind.  Mayor Rivara states it has to be done smart and slow and with a plan.  Commissioner Argubright asks if recreational fires are still banned?  Mayor Rivara states it was because of the amount of people.  Commissioner Lijewski states that keeping it to a minimum is a good idea.

Mayor Rivara reads the verbiage to enter into closed session.

A motion to enter into closed session is made by Commissioner Curran, seconded by Commisioner Lijewski at 7:45 p.m.

A motion to return to regular session is made by Commissioner Lijewski, seconded by Commissioner Curran at 9:03 p.m.

The council has reviewed closed session minutes.  A motion is made by Commissioner Argubright, seconded by Commissioner to release closed session minutes for the following dates: 02/05/2018, 05/07/2018, 06/04/2018, 08/06/2018, 03/04/2019, 07/01/2019, 08/05/2019, 10/07/2019 and 01/30/2020.  Attorney Andreoni speaks up and states that correct date should have been 01/20/2020. City Clerk notes the error and makes the correction.

A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Argubright, seconded by Commissioner Curran at 9:06 p.m. 

Amy Eitutis

City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: April 20, 2020

A REGULARMEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.   (The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from April 8, 2020.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

Public comments on agenda items only: none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented. AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. NAYS: ARGUBRIGHT

Mary-Batty Jasper $100.00; BPC $ 213.15; Chamlin’s $ 2,145.00; Clegg-Perkins $ 5,543.08; Comcast Business $ 68.40; Connecting Point $ 1,367.93; Cops 4 Cancer $ 500.00; Core & Main $ 3,270.00; Dollar General $ 35.00; Fastenal $ 197.05; Charles Harloff $ 227.90; Hawkins, Inc $ 450.50; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms $ 240.00; Il Public risk Fund $ 4,480.00; IV Cellular $ ,1252.35; Il Valley Excavating $ 900.00; IVRD $ 5,865.00; Impact Network $ 26.99; IPMA-HR $ 292.00; JW Turf $ 784.38; John Deere Financial $ 263.95; John Senica Jr. $ 432.10; Kendrick Pest Control $ 185.00; Landcomp Landfill $ 556.18; Lavens, Burton $ 371.63; Menards $ 174.45; Nighthawk Total Control $ 1,728.00; Schweitzer Engineering $ 5,123.50; Springfield Electric Supply $ 456.96; Standard Life Insurance $ 816.20; Staples Credit Plan $ 330.41, TEST $ 36.00;  USPS $ 711.62; USA Bluebook $ 169.81; Utility Equipment $ 168.00; Vickers Consulting Services $ 100.00; WEX Fleet $ 2,914.50                       TOTALS $ 49,169.09

Mayor Rivara acknowledges the official retirement of Police Chief James Knoblauch. Commissioner Carrie Lijewski recognizes Chief Knoblauch for his 30 years of service to the city of Oglesby and presents him with a plaque in his honor.  Chief Knoblauch addresses the Mayor and council members. Chief Knoblauch thanks many people he has dealt with throughout his career.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1114-042020 establishing the salary & benefits of the interim Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Lijewski gives details in regards to the Ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN not to develop and to return the Seneca Square grant money to the state of Illinois.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA  Mayor Rivara states the committee recommends not to proceed as they would have to spend $ 551,000.

A council discussion is held in regards to the possibly of canceling Summer fun Fest. Commissioner Lijewski asks the council to consider making the decision by the first or second council meeting in May.  Commissioner Curran agrees waiting until May.  Commissioner Lijewski encourages the selling of 50/50 tickets.  Mayor Rivara agrees that the odds of it being canceled are pretty good.

Old Business:  Commissioner Cullinan questions grievances that were filed within the Police Department.  Commissioner Curran suggests not discussing it in open session as he is not aware of them. Commissioner Cullinan asks why grievances are being filed?  Commissioner Lijewski states that one instance is in regards to an officer being moved to TRIDENT.  Commissioner Cullinan responds that nothing has changed since Commissioner Ljewski has taken over and there are still problems.  Commissioner Lijewski states that she took over the department January 20, 2020 and some changes have taken place and now because of the shelter in place it has been more difficult.  Commissioner Cullinan states he disagrees and feels that Commissioner Lijewski is competent.  Commissioner Cullinan feels Commissioner Lijewski has not done her job to which Commissioner Lijewski questions what Commissioner Cullinan had accomplished during his time as Commissioner? Commissioner Cullinan feels he did and that the council reversed his decision.  Mayor Rivara asks Commissioner Cullinan if he supported the efforts on mediation to bring the department together to which commissioner Cullinan replies he did support it and that the department is still in chaos.  Commissioner Curran feels the good news is that there is a new Chief set to take over.  Commissioner Cullinan is hoping for the best too.  Commissioner Cullinan states people come up to him and ask him what’s going on.  Chief Knoblauch asks “what people?”  Chief Knoblauch states that Commissioner Cullinan has accomplished nothing in nine months.  Chief Knoblauch states that in 3 ½ months of working with Commissioner Lijewski a lot has been accomplished versus the nine months he worked with Commissioner Cullinan.  Chief Knoblauch goes on to explain the procedure for putting an officer in TRIDENT.  It was a unanimous decision made the administrative team to which the officer filed a grievance, according to Chief Knoblauch he had every right to do so.  The grievance is going to arbitration.  The second grievance Chief Knoblauch states happened under Commissioner Cullinan and is just now getting to the point of a grievance.  Commissioner Cullinan asks if it is Klinefelter?  Chief Knoblauch responds he is not mentioning anyone’s name.  Mayor Rivara tries to cut off the discussion between Commissioner Cullinan and Chief Knoblauch.  Commissioner Cullinan continues to speak.  Mayor Rivara continues to try and stop the arguing between the Cullinan and Knoblauch and bangs his gavel.  Chief Knoblauch continues to gives examples of what he feels are examples of mistruths Commissioner Cullinan has stated.  Mayor Rivara urges Commissioner Cullinan not to “wash his laundry in front of everyone here tonight.”   Commissioner Cullinan argues with Mayor Rivara. Commissioner Cullinan states he is tired of people not knowing the truth and having people tell him that.  Commissioner Lijewski questions who Commissioner Cullinan is out talking to since there is a shelter in place in effect and she feels tonight’s actions are shameful and that he should high let Chief Knoblauch go out on a high note rather than speak about half truths.

 

Public Comments: none.  Commissioner Cullinan states that he has been told by other people that there are non-essential businesses still operating. Mayor Rivara asks which businesses they are? Commissioner Cullinan doesn’t want to say the names.  Commissioner Curran asks if Commissioner Cullinan has reported it?  Commissioner Cullinan states he just found about it.  Commissioner Curran states that if there is a potential crime being committed then discussing it during a council meeting is not right, because if the accusations are false is becomes slander. Commissioner Cullinan feels the matter should be looked into.

Commissioner’s Reports:

Argubright: none

Lijewski: none

Curran: May 4-8th will be branch chipping.  April 27th will be hydrant flushing start.  Reminder that yard waste bags need to go in dumpsters, Commissioner Curran explains there are gates and to check both.  There will be an electrical shut down at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and that a code red will/has gone out and is expected to last approximately 2 hours.

Cullinan: none

Mayor’s Report: The boat access grant is almost complete and once done the city will be reimbursed for $58,000.  The council must decide what to do with the newly acquired Schmidt property.  NCICG is looking into grants for abandoned buildings in the downtown area.  Mayor is looking for discussion about having liquor license waiving of fees. Dog tags will be extended to July 31, 2020.  City parks will remain closed until further notice.  Revenue from gaming machines in the city were $100,513.20.  The city is looking at ways to recognize graduates of 2020.  A banner at city hall will be displayed.  Residents are reminded that bulk items are not currently being picked up and yard waste should be dropped off at the electric department.  The Mayor recognized Erin Quick for filling the micro pantry on the weekend.    The Mayor welcomes interim Chief Doug Hayse and asks for everyone’s cooperation and support.   The Mayor states the Mayor is having a difficult time getting masks.  Commissioner Lijewski states he is not in favor of waiving the liquor license fees altogether but possibly prorating them.  Commissioner Curran asks when the liquor license renewals are due.  April 30, 2020 he is told.  However, the state has pushed the date back to July 31, 2020 he is told.   Attorney Andreoni says the city has the control in regards to the collections of the license fees.  Commissioner Argubright suggests delayed it until the next council meeting.

 

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adjourn the regular city council meeting.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: April 8, 2020

A REGULARMEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

(The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

Commissioner Cullinan addresses the Council and advises that he has decided to close all city parks including the canoe landing for a minimum of two weeks or until further notice.  Commissioner Lijewski states that she is favor of Commissioner Cullinan’s decision.  Commissioner Lijewski questions where the pump house is located as people are fishing there.  Commissioner Lijewski is told it is private property.  A discussion is had amongst the Council in regards to their concerns.  Chief Knoblauch asks if someone attempts to fish at the Vermillion River what is the City’s stance on the matter?  Commissioner Cullinan said that he spoke with Bob Ghighi about posting signs around the area and if people violate that they could be fined.  Commissioner Cullinan feels it is the safest route to follow the guidelines set by the Governor.  Commissioner Cullinan said that it will be a minimum of two weeks.  All council members are in favor of Commissioner Cullinan’s decision.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 16, 2020 and the special meeting minutes from March 17, 2020.   AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.   Lijewski noted that there should be a correction to the minutes in regards to minor corrections.

Public comments on agenda items only:  A public comment that was emailed from Chris Miskrioveic was read by the Mayor in regards to a break in the use of water. Commissioner Curran addresses in that the City gives a break for commercial use and for pool use only at the current time.  Commissioner Curran discusses the issue of installing a different type of meter.

Drew Merriman calls into the meeting and asks the council why they are not hiring a Police Chief from within the department.  Drew Merriman asks for an explanation from each of the council members in regards to this decision.  Commissioner Lijewski explains that a panel of three Chiefs from the area was formed, that six people were interviewed.  Commissioner Lijewski did not do the interviews personally.  Commissioner Lijewski states that the three Chiefs that did the interviews then ranked the candidates; with Scott Pavlock being the top-ranking candidate.  The second candidate in rank was then approached about the Chief’s position and had also declined to accept the position.  At that point, Commissioner Lijewski contacted the Illinois Chief’s Association and contacted them about their “line-backer” program.  Commissioner Lijewski states that Chief Knoblauch was not involved in any of the process.  Mayor Rivara agreed that this was the best way to go and that it removed all politics from the hiring process as well.  Commissioner Argubright asks if any of the line backers were interviewed by the three Chiefs to which Commissioner Lijewski replies that they were not. Commissioner Lijewski did say that the Chief’s had favorable things to say about Mr. Hayse.  Commissioner Lijewski likes that it is an interim program in regards to who will become the next permanent Chief as it allows for mentoring.  Mayor Rivara stated that the idea is to bring the department together.  Commissioner Argubright states that he is against bringing in someone from another area due to the COVID 19 outbreak.  Commissioner Argubright feels it would be better to have someone local who is from and familiar with Oglesby.  Commissioner Lijewski asked if Commissioner Argubright preferred someone local or with management experience?  Commissioners Argubright and Lijewski discuss the management experience within the department with the current Officers.  Commissioner Cullinan asks Commissioner Lijewski what the problems are within the department?  Commissioner Cullinan feels problems should have been taken care of with a new Commissioner.  Commissioner Lijewski she has made attempts to do so and that the majority of the department wants to put things behind them and move on.  Commissioner Lijewski said it was her decision to open the interview process and make it less biased.  Commissioner Cullinan asks what the new Chief’s duties were going to be?  Will he be a working Chief?  Commissioner Cullinan feels there should be two people on every shift; he also feels bringing in someone from the outside is giving the department a bad name.  The Mayor responds that everyone that applied from Oglesby was interviewed.  Commissioner Cullinan continues to question the Council about the hiring process within the police department and gives his opinion.  Commissioner Curran states he doesn’t have a problem with how the process was handled.  Commissioner Curran feels the Line-Backer program is a good one in that it may help identify the problems within the department that is qualified and can help find the “disconnect” within the department.  Commissioner Lijewski said the line-backer will be here to mentor within the department.  Mayor Rivara states that by bringing in someone with a different view it will hopefully identify what the issues are and will make the department the best it can be.  Commissioner Cullinan states he was never told about the process.  Commissioner Lijewski stated that she did notify the Council. Commissioner Curran feels it was a black eye for Oglesby that Commissioner Cullinan shared Scott Pavlock’s letter publicly.  Commissioner Cullinan and Curran and discuss past events in regards to removals of current and past Chiefs.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Mary-Batty Jasper $100.00; BPC $ 213.15; Chamlin’s $ 2,145.00; Clegg-Perkins $ 5,543.08; Comcast Business $ 68.40; Connecting Point $ 1,367.93; Cops 4 Cancer $ 500.00; Core & Main $ 3,270.00; Dollar General $ 35.00; Fastenal $ 197.05; Charles Harloff $ 227.90; Hawkins, Inc $ 450.50; Holloway’s Portable Restrooms $ 240.00; Il Public risk Fund $ 4,480.00; IV Cellular $ ,1252.35; Il Valley Excavating $ 900.00; IVRD $ 5,865.00; Impact Network $ 26.99; IPMA-HR $ 292.00; JW Turf $ 784.38; John Deere Financial $ 263.95; John Senica Jr. $ 432.10; Kendrick Pest Control $ 185.00; Landcomp Landfill $ 556.18; Lavens, Burton $ 371.63; Menards $ 174.45; Nighthawk Total Control $ 1,728.00; Schweitzer Engineering $ 5,123.50; Springfield Electric Supply $ 456.96; Standard Life Insurance $ 816.20; Staples Credit Plan $ 330.41, TEST $ 36.00;  USPS $ 711.62; USA Bluebook $ 169.81; Utility Equipment $ 168.00; Vickers Consulting Services $ 100.00; WEX Fleet $ 2,914.50                       TOTALS $ 49,169.09

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the First Quarter 2020 building permits for $212,050.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to enter into closed session AT 7:38 P.M. for the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of a specific employee or legal counsel for the public body.  Also, collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representative, or deliberation concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees ILCS120/2(c)(1). AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO GO BACK INTO OPEN SESSION WAS MADE AT 8:28 p.m. by LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approval the Mayoral nomination of interim Chief of Police, Doug Hayse. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. NAYS: ARGUBRIGHT ABSTAIN: CULLINAN

Commissioner Cullinan questions Commissioner Lijewski.  Cullinan states that Lijewski feels no one within the department is qualified to which Commissioner Lijewski states that is false.  Commissioner Lijewski states she feels the need to bring in someone from the outside to help mentor the Officers and that she does not feel they are incompetent but she hopes to build a stronger department.  Commissioner Cullinan asks if he will a full time, working Chief.  Commissioner Lijewski responds that he will.  Commissioner Cullinan continues to gives his opinions about shift coverage.  Commissioner Lijewski states that the new Chief will be responsible for several tasks.  Commissioner Cullinan continues to ask rhetorical questions.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1113-040820 appointing a Chief of Police.  AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA   NAYS: ARGUBRIGHT    ABSTAIN: CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to place on file Ordinance 1114-042020 establishing the salary & benefits of the interim Chief of Police.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve Ordinance 1108-040620 vacating a utility easement within the City of Oglesby.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA Mayor Rivara states the property is located on Clark Street.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve Ordinance 1109-040620 and Ordinance amending Section 13.04.320 fees and schedule of Chapter 13.04 electrical utility rules and policies of Title 13, public utilities of the Oglesby city code.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1111-040620 amending TIF I extension Intergovernmental agreement between the City and Oglesby Elementary Schools. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA   Attorney Andreoni states the agreement is being changed because the state changes the allocation formula.  Attorney Herb Klein is called and asked to verify what Attorney Andreoni said.  Attorney Klein confirms that.  Commissioner Curran questions Exhibit A.  Attorney Andreoni adds that the grade is in agreement with this proposed Ordinance.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to extend the liquor license application to July 31, 2020. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA Mayor Rivara explains that Oglesby is following suit of the state.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the extension of the water & sewer rate increase to go into effect on May 1, 2020.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA Commissioner Argubright asks if the lowering the rates can be done indefinitely.  Commissioner Curran understands the significant revenue impact people are facing but also states that every month this is delayed is costing the city $60,000- $80,000 and if by pushing the rate increase out past June 1, 2020 the city can become ineligible for the Community Block Development Grant. Commissioner Argubright gives thoughts on what the unemployment rates may be.  Mayor Rivara questions Commissioner Curran about the grant eligibility.  Commissioner Curran wants the council to be aware of the revenue loss and eligibility issues.  Commissioner Cullinan gives his thoughts on the current economic situation as well. Commissioner Curran states that most applicants do get approved for the grant.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the request form the Oglesby Ambulance Association to sell tickets for the pork chop dinner between May 1, 2020 – June 1, 2020.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI (not door-to-door), RIVARA    Mayor Rivara reads a letter from the Association.  Commissioner Lijewski asks if there is another for the association to sell tickets?  Mayor Rivara states the dinner will be postponed if necessary.  Commissioner Lijewski does not feel that ban will be lifted by May 1, 2020 she also suggests having the dinner as a drive thru/carry out only.  Commissioner’s discuss how tickets could be sold.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to seek bids for the recoat and repainting of the west water tower.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA Commissioner Curran explains that due to the lead base paint currently on the water tower it is necessary to do so now.  Commissioner Curran asks the council members to look at the design options.  Commissioner Argubright asks for the figures if the project was not done now but Commissioner Curran doesn’t have an answer.  Commissioner Curran said the project is estimated to be between $180,000-$240,000.

A discussion and determination was held in regards to the city of Oglesby participating in the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program.  Attorney Andreoni gives explanations about the grant and the application process.  Specifically, that resolutions have to be adopted and hearings have to be held.  The DCEO makes the determination.  The money is sent to the city and then the city distributes the money to the business. Attorney Andreoni reads information in regards to the program.  The applicant’s information becomes FOIA’able and available to the public. Commissioner Argubright states that there are several options available for business owners and encourages businesses to do their research.  The Council asks for notification by April 15, 2020.  Attorney Andreoni cites the tight timeline for the application process and paperwork necessary before a publication for public hearing can be done.  Commission Curran has concerns about waiting to take any action.  Attorney Andreoni suggests seeing what the response may be and states NCICG will not be helping with the process. Commissioner Curran, Lijewski and Argubright discuss their concerns.  Attorney Andreoni reads the checklist from the DCEO.

Old Business:  Commissioner Lijewski gives a summation about the TRIDENT performance. Commissioner Lijewski states that some of money from TRIDENT will be used to purchase a new vehicle.

Commissioner Lijewski discusses the $200,000 that was put into a money market and the rate of return.  Commissioner Lijewski reads some APR’s from surrounding banks.  Commissioner Argubright states that any interest earned goes back to the state.

Mayor Rivara notes that the city has purchased the Schmidt property which is located in TIF I and that it will need to be added to the city’s liability insurance.  Mayor Rivara discusses the possibility of tearing the building down.

Public Comments: Drew Merriman calls in and states that he heard the city attorney to not cut the live feed during the council meeting and the live feed was cut and questions violating the Open Meetings Act. City Clerk Eitutis responds that the live feed was cut very briefly because part of the closed session could be heard.  Drew Merriman asks why the volume couldn’t be turned down?  City Clerk Eitutis responds that is not an option during a live feed.  Drew Merriman asks why the council didn’t go downstairs? City Clerk Eitutis responds that there is not enough space to be six feet apart from one another.  Eitutis states the Clerk’s office had the most space.

Commissioner’s Reports:

Argubright: reminds residents to not travel with ATV/UTVs on Columbia Street.

Lijewski: Fire department had 10 calls in March.  A burn ban was established.  It was brought to the attention from the Fire Chief due to the COVID 19 situation to which Mayor Rivara made the decision.  The Police department received a donation of wipes, sanitizer and masks from Advantage Logistics and thanks Ray Gatza.  The Ambulance department had 75 calls in March.

Curran: Street department will have chipping services from May 4-8, 2020.  Water department: April 27, 2020 will be flushing hydrants and is expected to last 4 days.  Electric department: a dumpster has been placed within the fence of the department for residents to bring their yard waste bags during specific days and times.

Cullinan: reminds of the park closings that were discussed at the beginning of the council meeting.

Mayor’s Report: reminds that city employees will be allowed to carry over any unused vacation tie due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Mayor Rivara reminds residents to abide by the drop off days and times for yard waste bags.  Mayor Rivara notes that the city will exercise its rights to delay response to FOIA requests.  Mayor Rivara encourages residents to continue to donate to the micro-pantry and thanks the residents and employees of Oglesby.  Mayor Rivara reads an e-mail from Star Union Spirits in regards to them offering to donate 4 gallons of hand sanitizer.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to adjourn the regular city council meeting.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLIANN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Special Meeting Minutes: March 23, 2020

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:30 P.M.

(The meeting was not open to the public, it was live-streamed on Facebook).

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

Public comments on agenda items only:  none

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve Ordinance 1110-033020 an Ordinance Amending Ordinance 1093-120219 entitled an ordinance establishing the terms of employment, including the wage structure for the Chief of Police. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Attorney Andreoni begins to speak on the matter, then stops.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Ordinance 1112-033020 pertaining to local state of emergency. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Attorney Andreoni speaks on the matter: Attorney Andreoni states that when the Ordinance was placed on file on 03/17/2020 a resident questioned why it wasn’t approved on the same day?  Andreoni continues that he believes the purpose of the Ordinance is to authorize the declaration of the state of emergency and the Ordinance is not effective unless the declaration is made. Attorney Andreoni states he has changed his interpretation.

Mayor Rivara discusses the issue of allowing employees to carry over any vacation they had planned but are now not allowed to use due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Chief Knoblauch also asks that the Oglesby Police officers be allowed to do the same things. Andreoni gives further explanation about the timeline of declaration (it in only in effect for 7 days)

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE ALLOWANCE IS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI.  AYES; ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Public Comments: none

Mayor Rivara suggests moving the regularly scheduled council meeting from April 6, 2020 to April 8, 2020 due to the Stay-At-Home Order.

A MOTION AGREEING TO CHANGE THE DATE WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Mayor Rivara proposes postponing the increase of the water and sewer rates for 30 days due to current pandemic.

A MOTION AGREEING TO POSTPONE THE WATER RATE INCREASE WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA,

Mayor Rivara states that Scott Schweickert has agreed to represent the City of Oglesby, if needed in regards to the possibility of St. Margaret’s Hospital opening a COVID 19 testing facility located on West Walnut street.  Commissioner Lijewski states that the testing was up and running for one day.  Attorney Andreoni explains that he sis on the Board of St. Margaret’s Hospital and that is why he cannot represent the City of Oglesby should the need arise.

A MOTION AGREEING TO USE ATTORNEY SCOTT SCHWEICKERT TO REPRSENT THE CITY OF OGLESBY, IF NEEDED WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI AND SECONDED BY CULLINAN.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Mayor Rivara states that the City Clerk’s office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. until further notice.  Mayor Rivara also states that the front lobby will be open during that time for anyone wanting to drop off food for the micro pantry.

Mayor Rivara states that the electronics recycling event that was planned for the Spring will now be moved to the Fall due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR MEETING WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CULLINAN at 6:77 p.m. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Special Meeting Minutes: March 17, 2020

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:30 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

Public comments on agenda items only:  none.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to place on file Ordinance 1112-033020 Pertaining to Local State of Emergency. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Public Comments:  Becky Clinard asks why the Ordinance is being placed on file, since it is an emergency shouldn’t it be automatically approved.  The Clerk responds that a letter was sent from Attorney Andreoni to place it on file and approve it at the next meeting.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR MEETING WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN at 6:34 p.m. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: March 16, 2020

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND CITY CLERK EITUTIS.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to approve the regular meeting minutes from March 2, 2020.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.   Lijewski noted that there should be a correction to the minutes in regards to the number of Ambulance call outs, that there were 79 call outs, not 49.

Public comments on agenda items only:  Commissioner Cullinan congratulates the hiring of the new Police Chief.  Commissioner Cullinan feels that there are still issues that need to be resolved within the department.  Commissioner Cullinan has an issue with promotions from within the Police department.  Commissioner Cullinan has an issue about promotions and directs a question to Commissioner Curran about questions that were previously asked of him by Commissioner Curran.  Commissioner Curran responds by saying that he does not recall what all four (4) questions were that were asked.  Commissioner Cullinan goes on to question Commissioner Lijewski about the recent notice for TASC force.  Commissioner Lijewski states there was a notice put up within the department, interviews were conducted and four (4) administrators (Chief, Asst. Chief, and two Sergeants) and a unanimous vote by all four was made in deciding who would move to TRIDEDNT.  Commissioner Cullinan asks why the decision was unanimous? Commissioner Lijewski states she was not present for those conversations.  Commissioner Cullinan asks how many people were on the list to go upstairs? Commissioner Cullinan said he believes 2 were considered and has a problem with that (Lijewski sates that may be correct) Cullinan feels there should’ve been 4 people because people can be singled out with only two people.  Commissioner Curran about questions that were previously asked in a prior council meeting. Cullinan states his issue is with putting a senior Officer with 22 years’ experience upstairs in TRIDENT.  He feels it is personal and that you don’t do that.  Curran and Lijewski both respond that recently an Officer that was upstairs was promoted to Sergeant. Commissioner Lijewski responds to Commissioner Cullinan that a Sergeant’s stipend was discussed and said it is viewed as an advance in an Officer’s career.  Cullinan said he heard that is was an armed vote based on who had the most experience.  Lijewski responds that the word experience was never used and that she is sorry that Commissioner Cullinan doesn’t agree with what the four administrators did.  Commissioner Cullinan states he was stripped of his authority and feels that the police department doesn’t run any better.  Commissioner Curran asks if it was a split vote in deciding that?  Commissioner Cullinan said there are still problems in the department to which Commissioner Lijewski she agrees that there are.  Cullinan said there she knows is because she has talked to all of the officers.  Lijewski states that the vast majority wanted to move forward and that there are two (2) that were in a disagreement still. Commissioner Cullinan said initially there were five guys and asked if the five guys changed their minds overnight?  Commissioner Lijewski responds, no over eight (8) months they decided to let go and move forward.  Commissioner Cullinan said the Officer will never be promoted once moved upstairs.  Chief Knoblauch asks to respond.  Mayor Rivara responds that moving Officer Mandujano was made by a 4-0 vote.  Chief Knoblauch explains that a notice was put up months ago and explains the process.  Chief Knoblauch asks the Assistant Chief to conduct the interviews and that decision was made by an admin. Team.  A question was asked who about who was best suited to go to TRIDENT.  A 4-0 vote was cast to that question.  Commissioner Curran states the particular topic is not on the agenda and questions the city attorney about discussing personnel in a closed session.  Attorney Andreoni states it would need to be on the agenda.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve bills as presented AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

AAA TREE SERVICE $10,800.00; AIRGAS USA, LLC $165.54; ANIXTER INC. $22,149.99; CENTRAL IL POLICE TRAINING CENTER $ 834.00; COMCAST BUSINESS CENTER $ 647.28; COMCAST BUSINESS $68.40; COMMUNICAITONS DIRECT $ 95.94; DALEY’S SUPER SERVICE $ 165.95; DEBO ACE HARDWARE $ 44.96; DEPUE POLICE DEPARTMENT $ 200.00; FASTENAL COMPANY $ 343.02; HOSCHEIT, SARAH $ 115.00; HYGIENIC INSTITUTE $355.55; ILLINI STATE BANK MC $ 2,410.25; INDEED INC. $ 423.68; JOHN’S TROPHY & PLAQUE $ 654.53; JOHN SENIA JR. $ 83.09; KITTILSON’S GARAGE $ 1,214.69; LA FARGE AGGREGATES Il $ 330.56; MAUTINO DISTRIBUTING $ 13.00; MENARDS $ 119.66; MTCO $139.67; NORTHERN IL AMBULANCE $ 1,671.72; PERONA, PETERLIN, ANDREONI & BROLLEY $ 2,611.85; POINTCORE INC. $ 181.25; PRESTHUS, TRACI $ 20.51; REPPIN, LES $ 26.38; ROBERSON, AMANDA $ 249.21; SCHROCK REPAIR INC $ 276.71; SHAN, JODY $ 1,114.40; SMITH’S SALES & SERVICE $ 35.00; SPRINGFIELD ELECTRIC SUPPLY $ 288.89; STARVED ROCK MEDIA $ 562.50; T.E.S.T. INC $ 16,458.33; TELEFLEX INC. $ 379.50; TOEDTER OIL INC $ 147.95; UNIVESAL UTILITY SUPPLY CO $ 282.54; WESTERN AGGREGATES LLC $ 379.71; ZITOUN, MARGE $ 100.00                                                                          TOTAL $66, 834.92

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to enter into closed session AT 7:14 P.M. for the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of a specific employee or legal counsel for the public body.  Also, collective negotiating matters between the public body and its employees or their representative, or deliberation concerning salary schedules for one or more classes of employees ILCS120/2(c)(1). AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION TO GO BACK INTO OPEN SESSION WAS MADE AT 7:56 p.m. by ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the Mayoral nomination of Chief of Police, Scott Pavlock and Council vote to accept nomination. AYES: CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA   ABSTAIN: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to Notify the Board of Fire and Police Commission that a vacancy exists in the rank of Patrolman and request Board of Fire and Police Commissioner’s to select individuals to be promoted to fill vacancy. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Commissioner Lijewski it is to fill the vacancy left by Officer Klinefelter who went to the Illinois State Police.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to place on file Ordinance 1108-040620 an Ordinance vacating a utility easement in the city of Oglesby. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Mayor Rivara states it is located by Memorial Park.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to place on file Ordinance 1109-040620 an Ordinance amending Section 13.04.220, fees and schedules of Chapter 13.04 electrical utility rules and policies of Title 13, public utilities of the Oglesby city code. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Mayor Rivara explains Ordinance

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to place on file Ordinance 1110-033020 an Ordinance Amending Ordinance 1093-120219 entitled an ordinance establishing the terms of employment, including the wage structure for the Chief of Police. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni explains that the purpose is to allow Chief Knoblauch to carry over, if necessary, any vacation time while/if he is needed to assist in training the new Chief.  Atty. Andreoni also states that it allows the Chief to return to the City’s health insurance in the event that he obtains other employment, leaves the City’s insurance, then returns.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to place on file Ordinance 1111-040620 Amending TIF I Extension Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and Oglesby Elementary School District. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni explains hat Attorney Herb Klein couldn’t attend the meeting.  Attorney Andreoni explains that the amount the schools would receive in the TIF I would go down, making the amendment keeps the amount the same in TIF I; which expires in two years.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to sign a letter of clarification between the City of Oglesby and AT&T cell tower lease assignment.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Attorney Andreoni explains the lease agreement; in that by AT&T leasing to a 3rd that would not increase their rent.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to adopt the corrected minutes from the January 20th, 2020 city council meeting.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni gives explanation that the motion to go into closed session was not noted on the minutes; it has been corrected.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve the amended agenda from the January 20th, 2020 city council meeting.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.  Attorney Andreoni states that this is adding the statutory site to the minutes.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to comply with the Public Access Bureau’s request that Tom Collins be allowed to listen to the last 12 minutes of the closed session minutes form the January 20th, 2020 city council meeting. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni explains it is the last twelve minutes only.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to allow the release of excerpts of minutes from the January 20th, 2020 closed session pursuant to the request of the Public Access Bureau. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Attorney Andreoni explains that is the typed version of the last twelve minutes of the closed session.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY LIJEWSKI, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve opening a money market account at Illini State Bank to deposit funds received for the Seneca Square grant. AYES: CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. ARGUBRIGHT ABSTAINS. Commissioner Argubright explains the money needs to be in an interest-bearing account by itself.  Commissioner Lijewski comments about city spread being spread out to other banks. Commissioner Lijewski also asks about rate of interest from various institutes. Commissioner Curran asks that by accepting the money does not obligate the City’s obligation to accept the grant.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve Tag Day requests.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Mayor Rivara reads the dates: girls softball/April 4, boys baseball/April 18 or May 2, Oglesby Ambulance Service/May 30th. Knight of Columbus/September 19th; Oglesby American Legion/May 23; Oglesby Fire Department/October 31st.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI for Approval for $500.00 donation to Cops 4 Cancer for 2020 event.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA. Commissioner Curran states it is for a great cause but would like to address how donations are handled.

Old Business: Commissioner Curran addresses concerns that were brought up by Drew Merriman at the 03/02/2020 council meeting. Commissioner Curran provides printouts of wage scale, safety, shoring, a leak in the fire hydrant.  The documents were asked to be kept on file with the City Clerk’s office.

Public Comment:   Drew Merriman asks what the new Chief’s salary will be? Commissioner Lijewski responds that is has not been made official as it needs to be drafted in an Ordinance.  Drew Merriman asks again and continues to comment.  Commissioner Lijewski states that she believes a prevailing a wage will be paid.  Mark Lijewski addresses the Council.  Mark Lijewski states that the hiring process was done legally and unbiasedly and the prevailing wage will be decided at the next council meeting.  George Cullinan address the council: George Cullinan commends the council for having a discussion.  George Cullinan feels that anything regarding TRIDENT and police officers should not be brought up in public as it could be dangerous to those involved.

Commissioner’s Reports:

Argubright – None

Lijewski – Fire Department collected $ 1,740.00 during their recent tag day.  Commissioner Lijewski has made sure that the Fire, Police and Ambulance departments have their ppe (personal protective equipment) in place. Lijewski states the IVRD also has implemented a new screening processing during this time.

Curran –discusses a road near the lift station.  New transformer is in.  GTI is on schedule with their expansion.

Cullinan- none

Mayor Rivara- lets Attorney Andreoni speak.

Attorney Andreoni addresses those in attendance that on 03/17/2020 an emergency Ordinance will be adopted to declare a state of emergency if necessary. Attorney Andreoni states that surrounding Mayors and city attorney’s have met and are agreeing to adopt the ordinance.  Attorney Andreoni gives information about the upcoming Ordinance.  Commissioner Argubright states that the inside of City Hall will be closed to the public, late fees will be waived as well.

Mayor Rivara- states there are 36 banners left for sale.  Requests the residents use the drive up to conduct business.  They City proclaimed Junior Achievement Day on April 2, 2020 and Motorcycle Awareness for the month of May.  Food pantry drop off should be dropped inside City Hall in the South entrance lobby.  Local taverns and gambling machines will be shut down at 9:00 p.m. Shut off and late fees on utility bills will be postponed.  Anyone in need of meals is to contact City Hall.  A special meeting will be held on March 30, 2010.  Garbage pick up will not be affected.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR MEETING WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN at 8:27 p.m. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Amy Eitutis, City Clerk

Regular Meeting Minutes: March 2, 2020

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE OGLESBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020 AT CITY HALL.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 7:00 P.M.

PRESENT:  COMMISSIONERS ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, MAYOR RIVARA, ATTORNEY JIM ANDREONI AND ASSISTANT CITY CLERK EICHELKRAUT.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve the regular meeting minutes from February 18, 2020.  AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Public comments on agenda items only:  None

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve bills as presented AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Ameren, $35.02; Anixter, $75.00; ASK Enterprises, $6,271.80; Benefit Planning Consultants, $253.90; BSN Sports, $309.95; Call One, $2,973.85; Clegg-Perkins Electric, $34.50; Clover Imaging Group, $1,186.31; Complete Integration & Service, $11,750.00; Cooper Power Systems, $20,590.43; Cyclops Welding Company, $288.00; Daley’s Super Service, $556.40; Double M Trucking, $220.00; Econo Signs, $203.38; Efficient Billing Systems, $268.82; Electronic Supply, $25.48; Emergency Medical Products, $183.45; Fastenal Company, $618.94; Feece Oil, $1,928.52; First Impression, $260.44; Grosenbach’s Auto Repair, $1,483.41; GW Leynaud Trucking, $2,000.00; Hasty Awards, $265.86; Hawkins, $631.30; IL Department of Innovation and Technology, $539.30; IL Department of Agriculture, $105.00; IL Valley Regional Dispatch, $5,865.00; John Deere Financial, $49.90; John Senica Jr., $640.69; Dan Kasperski, $300.00; Kendrick Pest Control, $105.00; Kittilson’s Garage, $3,396.19; Klein Thorpe and Jenkins, $1,696.00; Knoblauch Advertising, $259.40; LaFarge Aggregates Illinois, $327.29; Mautino Distributing, $19.50; Medical Reimbursement Services, $217.20; Menards, $979.54; Mississippi Valley Pump, $655.00; Municipal Code, $1,168.13; Myer Equipment & Repair, $841.38; Nighthawk Total Control, $1,395.00; Oscar’s Automotive, $61.55; Dominic Rivara, $161.24; Royal Publishing, $140.00; SCBAS, $180.00; Seneca Investments, $2,500.00; Smart Source, $3,082.72; Springfield Electric Supply, $56.94; St. Margaret’s Health, $39.00; Standard Insurance-Life, $845.73; Starved Rock Communications, $329.45; TEST, $970.00; United States Postal Service, $711.16; Universal Utility Supply, $912.00; WEX Fleet Services, $3,000.13                     TOTAL $83,859.39

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY CURRAN to approve Resolution 030220R, Appointing Authorized Agent of the City of Oglesby for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI to approve Raffle Licenses for the following: Oglesby Ambulance Association, Dickinson House Foundation, Starved Rock Runners Ltd., Thomas Larking American Legion Post 3237. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Introduction and Oath of Office Given to Oglesby’s newest Police Office, Jack Barnes.

A MOTION WAS MADE BY CURRAN, SECONDED BY ARGUBRIGHT to appoint an Assistant Plumbing Inspector. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA

Commissioner Curran gives synopsis of the Senica Square survey results.

Old Business: none

Public Comment:  Drew Merriman commented that the City should not proceed with the Senica Square project. He had concern regarding work that was being done to install a fire hydrant. He states that he has seen leakage coming from the valve at the hydrant. Commissioner Curran and Commissioner Lijewski responded and stated that they would seek more information on the topic and will address the concern during old business in the March 16, 2020 meeting.

Commissioner’s Reports:

Argubright –  None

Lijewski – The Fire Department had a successful fundraiser for the United Way held at Cortileno’s. Lijewski thanks Cortileno’s for participating as well. Fire Department had 15 calls in February. Ambulance Department needed repairs to one of their ambulances. The Ambulance Department responded to 49 calls with 46 being transfers in February. The Police Department responded to 701 calls or traffic stops in February. Lijewski stated she will no longer report on door checks being done by the PD. They are doing the checks and going above and beyond in their duties. Lijewski welcomes Jack Barnes to the PD. Lijewski reported that there is testing happening for possible PD recruits. Office Jonathan Klinefelter gave his resignation because he has taken a position with the Illinois State Police. Lijewski announced an opening in the PD and is requesting the opening be placed on the next agenda. Lijewski stated that interviews for the Police Chief will take place March 5, 2020.

Curran – Commissioner Curran reported that the new transformer will be tested and placed on line this week. The Street Department will be looking at repairing an issue on Hickory Avenue this week. One of the fire hydrants were hit by a motorist has been repaired and work will begin on the second hydrant soon.

Cullinan- Commissioner Cullinan announced that summer employment applications are available and will be accepted through March 31, 2020.

Mayor Rivara- Mayor Rivara would like to remind the public that tag day requests must be received submitted by March 15, 2020. Mayor would also like to thank Shug Grosenbach and the people at NCICG for assisting with submitting the necessary documents to the IDNR to secure the remaining portion due the City of Oglesby from the grant for the canoe landing. Mayor stated that Ken Henry is willing to work with the city to have a mural painted on the side of his building. Mayor stated that the Council will have to make a decision regarding the Senica Square grant and whether to proceed or not.

A MOTION TO ADJOURN REGULAR MEETING WAS MADE ARGUBRIGHT, SECONDED BY LIJEWSKI at 7:24 p.m. AYES: ARGUBRIGHT, CULLINAN, CURRAN, LIJEWSKI, RIVARA.

Patty Eichelkraut, Assistant Clerk

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